It’s not hiccups or coincidence.
The Nets are completely excited. And Kyrie Irving is desperate to help them.
After losing for the first time in a row for the first time this season, the Nets saw it extend to three in a row, beating Memphis 17,089 at Barclays Center on Monday night.
It’s hard to say which one is more humble: a defeat to a Clippers team filled with substitutes on Saturday night, or a defeat at home. The point is, the Nets shouldn’t choose between such dubious choices. And they know it.
“We were disappointed after the Clippers’ defeat. We definitely let that happen, ”Nick Claxton said before the game. “So we have to fill in the holes and be sharper, play the whole 48 minutes and, as I said, just go back.”
The nets (23-12) did not return. In fact, the young Memphis team, which has beaten them in their last five games, was kicked out of their building.
Kevin Durant had 26 points, while James Harden had 19 points and eight assists. But Durant spent a rare night, only 8 to 24 off the floor, and Patti Mills completely drowned. Those who did not shoot the Nets were exposed.
“We have some challenges when it comes to shooting, distance and not volunteering,” coach Steve Nash said. “But they did a very good job of solving this problem when it wasn’t their skill. Sometimes we put two or three on the ground at the same time and in our league it is very difficult. They get freedom. This is a big test for us. “
Meanwhile, they were burned by Memphis’s young backyard. Ja Morant had 36 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Desmond Bane added 29 points from 5 to 11 points.
The Nets dropped from first place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Chicago Bulls in that game and drawing with defending champion Milwaukee. They stared for third place and set out to play in Indiana on Wednesday. Irving is planning this game for his season debut and he can’t come fast enough.
“It sounds like a broken record, but it definitely starts with that effort and effort. And if we can’t bring it up and connect on both sides of the floor, it’s going to be hard to do all the rest of the work, ”Mills warned, which was the biggest X-factor for Brooklyn.
Joe relied on the Nets Mills, who missed Harris’ shot. And he was goalless on Monday, 0-for-6 off the floor and 0-5 after the bow.
“We were all there [Clippers] game. We all felt it, ”Mills said. “And for us to understand that sleeping a night or two is just one of them [situation] You look at yourself in the mirror and you understand what we need to bring to the team as a separate group to get the job done. “
The Nets have never been ahead and are 28 behind.
After a pair of free throws from Harden, who remained 6:31 in the third quarter, the Nets fell just 71-65. But they gave up 25-6, with Morant hitting a double from the bench to make it 96-71 with 36.5 seconds left.
An alley-oop dunk made by Brandon Clark early in the fourth game led him to 103-75.
“Memphis plays hard, they play right, they’re a very good coach, they’re very physical, they rebound at the elite level in attack and they take our pass and they force us to pass,” Nash said. before yindan. “So these are some of the things that have been a problem for us in the past.
“We have to bring it in and be very active, ready to adapt not only to what they do well, but to some of the things we’re struggling with. Frankly, it’s a big test for us.”
One of them failed.